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Town of Hilton Head Island and Hilton Head Airport Invite You to the Dedication of "Humanus" by Kevin Eichner

March 8, 2022

The Town of Hilton Head Island and the Hilton Head Airport invite you to the dedication of the newest piece of public art sculpture located at the newly designed airport terminal entrance.

"Humanus" by Kevin Eichner was installed late 2020 at the completion of the redesign of the airport entrance. The dedication ceremony, which has been delayed due to restrictions from COVID-19, will take place at 10 am, Thursday, March 10, at the airport entrance on Beach City Road.

This sculpture was previously exhibited on the Island as part of the 2018 Hilton Head Public Art Exhibit at Honey Horn and was the first-place winner of the juried competition hosted by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. This is the 11th sculpture to be installed on the Island as part of the permanent public art collection since 2010.

About the Artist
Kevin Eichner holds a Master of Fine Arts from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY-Buffalo. His work evolves from industrial I-beam, an icon of the 20th century, typically used in the construction of vast bridges and towering skyscrapers. As a sculptor, Eichner looks to discover ways to stretch and manipulate the history and truth in this material. He works to free the material of its industrial function, allowing the material to blossom, intertwine and gesture towards the sky, as a symbol and celebration of both human nature and Mother Nature within the industrial beams.

About Hilton Head Island's Public Art Collection
In 2005, the board of directors of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry discussed the benefits that a public art program could bring to Hilton Head Island. Early conversations regarding this opportunity centered on the positive impacts of such a formal program for residents, tourists, and school aged youth. Soon thereafter, the Community Foundation established the Public Art Fund, creating a means to secure permanent public art for the enjoyment of all who visit or live here. As of 2019,  large-scale sculptures had been acquired and permanently installed in the public realm around the Town thanks to the work of the Public Art Committee of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. In 2020, the committee transitioned the management of the Public Art Program from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to the Town's Office of Cultural Affairs where it would be managed by Town staff with assistance from a citizen volunteer committee.

Interviews with the artist may be scheduled through the Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact Jenn McEwen at 843-341-4703 or jennm@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.

 

The Town of Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs works to promote and support Hilton Head Island as a vibrant cultural destination that enriches our diverse community. We strive for the island to be recognized as a vibrant and distinctive destination known for its unique arts and culture assets that serve a diverse community and create a richer quality of life. For more information, visit www.culturehhi.org.

Contact
Carolyn Grant, Communications Director
843-341-4618
CarolynG@hiltonheadislandsc.gov